American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) consists of two separate non-profit organizations: the ACLU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which focuses on litigation and communication efforts, and the American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)(4) organization which focuses on legislative lobbying. The ACLU's stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." It works through litigation, legislation, and community education. Founded in 1920 by Crystal Eastman, Roger Baldwin and Walter Nelles, the ACLU was the successor organization to the earlier National Civil Liberties Bureau founded during World War I. The ACLU reported over 500,000 members in 2010.
Campaign Finance$4,731,259 Given
Figures are based on itemized contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and state agencies. Please note that:
- contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
- only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
- contributions are matched based on organization and recipient name reported within each election cycle. Contributions using an incorrect or non-standard version of the name may be missed.
- corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
- organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.
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Republicans vs. Democratsin dollars. "Other" includes 3rd parties and organizations without official party affiliation.
State vs. Federalin dollars
Top PAC Recipients
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Figures are based on lobbying activity reported to the Senate Office of Public Records. Reported dollar amounts are required to be accurate only to the nearest $20,000. For organizations whose primary business is lobbying, we display total income and top clients. For organizations that are not primarily lobbying firms, we display total amount spent on lobbying and top lobbying firms hired.
For more information, please see our lobbying methodology page.
Lobbying on Behalf of American Civil Liberties Union
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount American Civil Liberties Union $30,847,696
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Civil Rights & Civil Liberties,
- Law Enforcement & Crime,
- Health Issues,
- Aviation, Airlines & Airports,
- Government Issues,
- Homeland Security,
- Computers & Information Tech
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title S.598 Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 H.R.963 See Something, Say Something Act of 2011 S.1670 End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 H.R.374 Lawful Interrogation and Detention Act H.R.985 Free Flow of Information Act of 2009 H.R.1064 Prevention Resources for Eliminating Criminal Activity Using Tailored Interventions in Out Neighborhoods Act of 2009 H.R.1283 Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 H.R.1315 Terrorist Detainees Procedures Act of 2009 H.R.1981 Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 S.147 Lawful Interrogation and Detention Act
RegulationsMentioned in 190 dockets; Submitted to 35 dockets
All data is based on documents downloaded from Regulations.gov. The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.
Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.
Not all agencies submit public comments to Regulations.gov. For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to Regulations.gov have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.
Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.
The tables show occurrences of "American Civil Liberties Union" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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- Toggle 4 HHS Rescission of the Regulation entitled "Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law"; Proposal 2009
- Toggle 3 HHS Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices In Violation of Federal Law 2008
- Toggle 3 TSA Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records; Secure Flight Test Records 2004
- Toggle 2 OSHA OSHA Stakeholder Meeting 2010
- Toggle 2 DOT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Privacy Act; Maintenance of and Access to Records Pertaining to Individuals; Amendment 1996
- Toggle 2 DOJ Office of the Attorney General; Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems 2007
- Toggle 1 DOJ Office of the Attorney General; Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems; Removal of Final Rule 2010
- Toggle 1 HHS Organizational Integrity of Entities Implementing Leadership Act Programs and Activities 2009
- Toggle 1 BOP Communication Management Units 2010
- Toggle 1 ESA Family and Medical Leave Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 29 CFR Part 825 2008
Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 35 HHS Rescission of the Regulation entitled "Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law"; Proposal 2009
- Toggle 14 DHS Minimum Standards for Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable to Federal Agencies for Official Purposes 2006
- Toggle 14 DOJ National Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape 2010
- Toggle 9 CMS Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act 2012
- Toggle 8 FWS General Regulations for Areas Administered by the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service 2008
- Toggle 8 FMCSA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) - English Language Requirement; Qualifications of Drivers 1997
- Toggle 7 TSA Large Aircraft Security Program, Other Aircraft Operator Security Program, and Airport Operator Security Program 2008
- Toggle 7 HHS Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices In Violation of Federal Law 2008
- Toggle 6 DOJ National Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape 2011
- Toggle 5 DOJ Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems 2011
Advisory Committees3 people on 5 committees
Data is based on disclosures required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Matches are based on the occurrence of the company name in the committee member affiliation. Variations in company names may cause some matches to be missed.
The table shows only the top 10 agencies. To search and download raw records from the complete dataset see the FACA data section.
Table shows employees of "American Civil Liberties Union" that sat on federal advisory committees.
- Toggle Department of Commerce 2 people on 3 committees
- Toggle Department of Transportation 1 person on 1 committee
- Toggle National Endowment for the Humanities 1 person on 1 committee